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I am extremely happy with your newsletter because it has helped me in many ways. It is a guide for me and I look forward to every issue. This is one of the best newsletters I have read so far. I read every article. I am a young man who has repented to Allah, a sincere repentance Inshallah. But, I committed a sin prior to my repentance. I stole some money from one of my relatives and now I feel ashamed to give him back the money. What should I do?
(Name and address withheld)
First, I pray to Allah that He accepts your repentance, and that He keeps all of us firm in our repentance until the day we meet Him. Inshallah, Allah will forgive you for the sins which you committed prior to your repentance. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
Say: "O my servants
who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of
Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
"Turn ye to your Lord (in repentance) and submit to Him, before the chastisement comes on you: after that ye shall not be helped." (Quran 39:53-54)
"He is the One that accepts repentance from His servants and forgives sins: and He knows all that ye do." (Quran 42:25)
On the authority of Anas (R.A.A.), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) saying: "Allah the Almighty has said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, believing in Me, and not associating anybody with Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as the earth is." (Tirmizi)
You should realize that Allah is Most Generous and Most Merciful and that He forgives our sins and is happy of our repentance. Yet, Allah is not harmed by one's wrongdoing nor from one's good deeds, but Allah loves those of us who ask for forgiveness. It is mentioned in the following hadith that Hazrat Anas bin Malik (R.A.A.), an attendant of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), reports that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) has said:
"Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servant than would be one of you who were to lose his riding camel, which carries his food and drink, in barren desert and then find it suddenly." (Bukhari and Muslim)
It is also mentioned in the following hadith that Abu Musa Ash'ari (R.A.A.) relates that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) has said:
"Allah will continue to hold out His hand at night so that he who has sinned during the day might repent, and to hold out His hand during the day so that one who has sinned at night might repent, and Allah will continue to do so till the sun rises from the West, i.e. till the Day of Resurrection." (Muslim)
After your repentance, you should make your intention not to do it again. And as for the money, you have to find some way to return it to your relative.
1) You can go directly to your relative and tell him what happened. You can then explain to him that you have repented and you are returning the money. Your relative would be very happy and most likely say, "JezakAllah (May Allah reward you) and forgive you."
Or, if you are ashamed to go directly, then:
2) Put the money in an envelope. Then give the envelope to a young child and ask that child to hand it to your relative. You could include a note with it explaining what happened; that you took the money from him in the past but are now returning it. You need not include your name.
And Allah knows best.
I was hospitalized in the San Francisco Heart Institute two weeks ago. On my way back from the hospital to the Holiday Inn, a Muslim Brother cab driver gave me a copy of your Islamic Bulletin. I must be grateful to Allah and to all the Muslim brothers and sisters in San Francisco for having been able to establish the Center. May God bless you and this establishment towards a better development of Islamic society around the world.
As a token of my appreciation towards your effort, enclosed please find two volumes of my "Collection of Sermons", which may be useful to the Center.
My family and I are vacationing now in Seattle for recuperation of my heart treatment.
Also, please enter my subscription for my daughters who are living in Seattle. May God Bless You Always!
My name is Zack Waldman and I am thirteen years old. We have been studying world religion in school. We all picked religions to do a project on, and since I liked it best, I chose Islam. I have been very interested in Islam, reading the Koran and studying about Allah and Mohammed. I would appreciate it very much if you could send me some materials on Islam. Please do it ASAP, as I have a deadline.
Thank you very much. I will be happy to pay the postage.
If you are searching for the Truth, Allah will guide you. God does not look at our wealth, position, or race but scans our hearts. Take time to read about Islam. I hope these books, tapes, and pamphlets are helpful in informing you more about Islam. I have also enclosed our issues of "The Islamic Bulletin". If you have any other questions, please write me or give me a call.
Good Luck and may Allah guide you.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Brothers here at Masjid Muhammad pray that all the Muslims there are being blessed with good health and prosperity.
We are presently incarcerated, and writing to ask for your help towards our dahwa efforts here.
We are seeking whatever help you may be able to offer, such as, volunteers to come into this institution, books and literature, and contacts with Muslims willing to correspond with Brothers here.
Our greatest need is that of volunteers to come in and help us in our spiritual development. We have no Imam or any other Muslim free person coming in. All praises due to Allah (SWT), we are doing the best we can on our own, however, the presence of knowledgeable and grounded Muslims would greatly enhance our efforts. We need Muslims to teach at our Jumu'ah and taleem services, and guide us in our strives to become good Muslims.
Our Ummah consists of about 35 Brothers. We have proper accommodations for our Masjid, Holy Qur'ans and Hadith, and a relaxed environment. If someone was to volunteer, the conditions would be conducive to teaching and learning, Inshallah. Anyone interested should write us so we can discuss the necessary procedures, or call our sponsor, Ms. Rohrbach, at (209) 984-5291 ext. 5205.
As mentioned, we are in need of any type of assistance you can offer. If you can provide us with literature, or direct us to other possible sources, we would greatly appreciate it. In any case, Inshallah, we would like to maintain communication with you and any other willing Muslims; just having contact with the world community would be of great inspiration to the Brothers here.
Inshallah, we hope to hear from you soon, and we pray that Allah (SWT) continues to bless us all.
Islamic Clerk, E-06583
Sierra Conservation Center
P.O. Box 497
Jamestown, CA 95327
Attn: N. Rohrbach, Islamic Sponsor
Editorial correspondence should be addressed to:
The Editor of the Islamic Bulletin
P.O. Box 410186
San Francisco, CA 94141-0186
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